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Washington National Cathedral’s chamber vocal ensemble, CATHEDRA, is led by Michael McCarthy. Mr. McCarthy was appointed director of music at Washington National Cathedral in 2003. Mr. McCarthy oversees the Cathedral’s music program and serves as principal choirmaster. A graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he has worked with numerous professional choirs including the Sixteen, the Gabrieli Consort, and the Monteverdi Choir under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. In 1996, he founded the London (England) Oratory School Schola. The Schola quickly became one of London’s premier boys’ concert choirs, performing regularly on the London concert platform and in the studio for both the recording and film industries. In January 2002 he became the choir manager for the Monteverdi Choir. Mr. McCarthy’s experience directing young choristers includes duties as lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and Saint Alban’s Abbey in Hertfordshire. He also served as master of music at Saint Benedict’s Abbey, Ealing, prior to beginning the London Oratory School.